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One Hundred Years in Child Okeford 1883 – 1983

One of the first items The Archive was given to copy and preserve digitally was a booklet entitled “One Hundred Years in Childe Okeford 1883 – 1983” written by “Clarice M. Smith”. We thought it might be of interest to share some of the content here. A copy of the original cover can be seen here and we have also listed the “Acknowledgements” shown in the booklet.

There have been at least six bakeries in Childe Okeford over the years though never more than four at a time. One was on the south side of Ridgeway Lane kept by Mr. Henry Tuffin, and the site of another is buried under the roadway of Nutmead Close. A Mr. G. Rose had a bakery opposite The Cross where the hairdressers salon now is (* now Midsummer House), and Mr. Fox had one opposite the Post Office. There was also a bakery behind where the Pottery now is in the Shaftesbury Road. The population in 1911 was around 600all needing the staff of lifethus making plenty of work for the individual baker.

Besides bakers, there were many other shops. In the days when transport was by horse and cart a visit to Blandford would have been a major excursion, but there was little need to travel as most things could be obtained in the village, though Teddy Savory, the Carrier, who lived in the gabled house, Yew Tree Cottage, opposite the school used to take parcels to Blandford every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for a small charge, and likewise bring other parcels back from Blandford in his trap.

Opposite the church, next to the Baker Arms, was the thatched butcher’s shop kept before the First World War by a Mr. Turner who had a parrot outside the shop which sang, “Now the Day is Over” all day long! Next to the butcher was the saddlery of Ernest Cottle in one of the five cottages which are now incorporated into one house under one fine thatched roof recently renewed.”

David Pope.


The co-operation of the undermentioned is gratefully acknowledged:

Mrs. P. Bell

Mrs. P. Bussell

Mr. Fred Cooper

Mr. & Mrs. H. Crane

Mrs. A. Davies

Mrs. Gumbleton

Mrs. Harris

Mr. R. Hutchings

Mrs. Kemp

Mr. & Mrs. H.E. Kershaw

Mr. V.T. Lewis

Mrs. C. MacKay

Mrs. K. Marriott

Mrs. Merrifield

Mr. H. Mogridge

Capt. & Mrs. R.P. de R. Openshaw

Mr. & Mrs. Pride

Mr. George Richards

Miss P.E. Savory

Lynda Shephard

Mr. & Mrs. A.W. Shephard

Mrs. E.L. Shepherd

Mr. G.C. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. G.C. Swain

Mrs. V. Tuffin

Mr. S. Tuffin

Mr. & Mrs. A.F. Wareham

Mrs. M. Wingrove

The Hev. R.F. York (Rector 1971-1981)

The Rev. Richard Taylor (Rector 1950-1966)